This week Bob over at National Park Traveler did a segment on his "Top 10 Picks For Movies Involving National Parks." While I agree with some of his, here is my list:
10. Planet of the Apes (original version - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area)
9. Star Wars & Return of the Jedi (pickup shots only - Death Valley National Park)
8. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Big Bend National Park)
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Arches National Park)
6. Forrest Gump (Glacier National Park)
5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Devils Tower National Monument)
4. Dances with Wolves (Badlands National Park)
3. Thelma and Louise (Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park)
2. Hidalgo (Glacier National Park)
1. What Dreams May Come (Glacier National Park)
I have never seen Easy Rider so all the way through, hence its absences. What are some of your favorites?
Three, count 'em, from Glacier National Park!
I think I am addicted ;)
Death Valley also can claim "Six String Samurai," which is a rather terrible movie, but is worth watching for the soundtrack.
It's not a national park, but the opening to Twin Peaks has a nice shot of Snoqualmie Falls.
I live near Griffith Park, which is also not a national park, but buttloads of things are shot there owing to its proximity to Hollywood. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area is not far, either, and tons of things have been shot there.
Both lists left out my favorite cinematic National Park cameo. The beginning of the otherwise atrocious Star Trek V begins in Yosemite Valley with Captian Kirk free-climbing El Capitan! Yosemite also makes a brief appearance in Maverick.
It sounds like you will get to amass a long list - we'll all have to be watching our movies closely and submit them to you! :)
:) sounds good!
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